Sport Steinhaus set to become Bundesliga's first female referee

03:05  20 may  2017
03:05  20 may  2017 Source:   The Washington Post

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The German FA (DFB) announced on Friday that Bibiana Steinhaus is set to become the Bundesliga ’ s first ever female referee starting next season. Steinhaus said she experienced “a complete roller coaster of emotion” upon hearing the news that she was among the four new lead

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Bibiana Steinhaus is breaking glass ceilings in European soccer.© Matthias Schrader/AP Bibiana Steinhaus is breaking glass ceilings in European soccer. Bibiana Steinhaus has officiated men’s soccer matches before in Germany’s top-flight Bundesliga, but always as an assistant on the sidelines. Beginning next year, however, she’ll step into the main role, becoming the league’s first female referee to take charge on the field.

“I was quite speechless when I got the call,” the 38-year-old told the league’s website DFB.de after she and three men were promoted.

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“On one hand it was confirmation after all the hard work, but also a great incentive to keep working,” she added. “Of course, I am aware that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be closely watched by the media and the public.”

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Steinhaus will officiate Bundesliga matches as of next season. Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first woman ever to officiate in the German top flight after being named on the DFB’ s list of referees for the 2017/18 Bundesliga season.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become first female referee in Bundesliga history. And she took charge of the women’ s gold medal match between Japan and the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Steinhaus, who also officiated the 2015 women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan, isn’t just breaking the glass ceiling in Germany, but it appears in all of European top-flight soccer. According to Newsweek, neither the Premier League or Spain’s La Liga have ever allowed a woman to act as the main referee, which unlike other in sports is the sole official on the field of play during a match.

Having refereed 80 second-tier games in Germany already, Steinhaus understands the challenge. While 79 of those games went off without a hitch, there was one that caused stir when a player Steinhaus sent off for his second yellow card angrily told her, “Women have no place in men’s football.”

The player, Kerem Demirbay, was roundly criticized for his remark and banned five games by the league. Meanwhile, the team Demirbay played on at the time, Fortuna Düsseldorf made the player officiate a girls’ game as a leaning experience.

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Bibiana Steinhaus is all set to become the first female referee to officiate a match in Europe’ s top leagues next season. “Of course, I am aware that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be closely watched by the media and the public,” she added, having refereed 80

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Steinhaus also confronted sexism the year prior while she was assisting during a Bundesliga bout between Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Upset about his team’s lackluster performance, Bayern’s then-Manager Pep Guardiola exchanged words with Steinhaus on the sideline before attempting to put his arm around her. Steinhaus coolly brushed him off, while German media heavily criticized the Spaniard, who now manages Manchester City.

Steinhaus, who works as a police officer in Hamburg and is known for her clear, communicative officiating style, isn’t worried about running into any potentially sexist situations next season, however.

“I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga,” she said. “My goal is for female referees in professional soccer to become commonplace. … I hope that this news will have a positive impact on other female referees, or any woman who wants to become one.”

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Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female Bundesliga referee from next season. Robben leads Bundesliga Team of the Season. The German Football Association (DFB) announced that Steinhaus - the first female professional referee in German football - has overseen games in the 2

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